Each year the Friends of the Art Museum at Middlebury College recognize those who have made significant contributions to the community, either through their creative endeavors or through support for the visual arts in Addison County. At the annual meeting, the Friends honored five individuals in five categories.
Student award winners were Middlebury College senior Jack Reed of Stowe, Mount Abraham Union High School senior Anna Pierattini of Monkton, North Branch School eighth-grader Luke Freidin of New Haven, and Weybridge Elementary School sixth-grader Nikhil Plouffe of Weybridge. Artist Kate Gridley of Middlebury was the award recipient in the category of professional or amateur artist, craftsperson, or teacher.
Jack Reed's work includes painting, printmaking, sculpture and set-design. He has excelled in Studio Art classes, and during his junior year he attended the Slade School of Art in London.
Anna Pierattini's extensive and remarkable body of work ranges from portraits of orphans in Myanmar and El Salvador to murals for the school and to almost a thousand miniature drawings in a series called "Good Dog Nigel".
Luke Freidin creates photographs of unusual power and beauty which, according to his teacher, Tal Birdsey, are not accidental. From the raw material of a multitude of photographs, Luke selects an image in which he sees a core of possibility.
According to his art teacher, Sarah Flinn, Nikhil Plouffe's use of perspective results not from training, but from close observation of his environment and from the concentration and care he uses in his art.
As an artist of independent vision and astonishing technique, Kate Gridley's paintings have an infectious energy and an arresting point of view. She is able to suffuse everyday subjects with grace and elegance.